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Slipknot’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan Creating Documentary on Eating Disorders

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Mary Ouellette,

Slipknot percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has worked in an innumerable amount of projects during his career, both on and offstage. Crahan is currently pursuing his latest endeavor, a documentary about eating disorders, and he’s reached out to Slipknot fans and the general public to contribute to the project.

Slipknot are currently on a short break, only playing a small handful of European festival dates this summer. During our recent interview with Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, he revealed that Slipknot would likely release their next album in late 2014 / early 2015. As Slipknot continue to lay low for the time being, Shawn Crahan has directed videos for Hollywood Undead‘s ‘We Are‘ and Motionless in White‘s ‘America.’

Now that Crahan has set his sights on creating an eating disorder documentary, the Slipknot mastermind recently posted a detailed message on the band’s website looking to recruit individuals for the project:

Hey Everyone,

As many of you know, I have produced documentaries for all of Slipknot’s album cycles. Recently, I also worked on a documentary about the scariest haunted house in America, the House of Shock in New Orleans, which will be coming out soon. Making these documentaries has ignited a passion in me to continue using this medium to get at the truth behind the mask, to expose the pain and the beauty hidden behind the facades we like to hide behind. I don’t want to judge or to hurt but to help, and to heal. What I am going to ask for next may be difficult for some of you to contemplate but I ask that you keep an open mind and to think about what an experience like this might have meant to you had it been available when you began your journey.

I am looking for the following for my next documentary project:

A man and/or a woman at least 30 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.

A man and/or a woman between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.

A man and/or a woman under the age of 18 years of age who has been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and/or any other eating disorder or any combination thereof.

I know how incredibly difficult these disorders are to live with, to speak about, and to have to confront. I want to be direct, honest, and unflinching in telling your stories of struggle and triumph, failure and success as you find your path to a healthy life.

Why eating disorders? My path through life has brought me into contact with a number of women and men suffering from these terrible diseases and I feel compelled to do what I can to help.

I warn you now that I intend to ask a great deal of you. I am not interested in telling only part of the story. I want to speak to you and film your story. I want to be positive but not condescending, to be honest, but not cruel. My hope is that your experiences will give the woman or man suffering in silence the strength to get help. My hope is that telling your story will empower you to gain control of your illness.

I have seen the devastation eating disorders inflict on both the people suffering from them as well as on their families. I am not foolish enough to believe this will cure anyone, but can we help to save someone? Isn’t that a chance worth taking?

Although I am not a religious man, I will leave you with this quote from C.S. Lewis:

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”

Those interested may contact me by email at: schon (at) All responses will be kept completely confidential. Thanks for your time. Let’s make a difference.


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